Apple MacBook Air deal brings laptop to lowest price at Amazon

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Today’s Dealmaster includes a solid deal on Apple’s latest MacBook Air, as the entry-level model is currently down to $899 at various retailers. That’s $100 off its typical going rate and tied for the lowest price we’ve tracked. While this model only comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage, making it better suited for more casual usage, it’s also equipped with Apple’s new M1 silicon, which our review found to provide supremely impressive value in terms of both speed and battery life. That’s on top of the typically sturdy hardware we’ve come to expect from non-butterfly-keyboard MacBooks.

Elsewhere, our deals roundup has a rare $10 discount on Sony’s DualSense wireless controller for the PlayStation 5, good prices on wireless noise-canceling headphones and USB-C chargers we like, and much more. You can peruse the full selection below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

The latest MacBook Air running on Apple's M1 chip.
Enlarge / The latest MacBook Air running on Apple’s M1 chip.

Lee Hutchinson

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple MacBook Air (late 2020) laptop—Apple M1, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $899 at Amazon and B&H (normally $999).
  • Lenovo ThinkBook 15p laptop—Intel Core i7-10870H, 15.6-inch 3840×2160, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q for $1,137.95 at Lenovo (use code: THINKAPRDEAL—normally $1,400).
  • Dell Inspiron 14 5000 laptop—Intel Core i7-1165G7, 14-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $705.59 at Dell (use code: 50OFF699—normally $900).
  • Razer Blade 15 (2020) gaming laptop—Intel Core i7-10750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 120 Hz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for $1,099.99 at Amazon (normally $1,430).
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2020) gaming laptop—AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, 14-inch 1080p 120 Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q for $1,199.99 at eBay and Best Buy (normally $1,350).
  • Apple Mac Mini (2020, refurb) mini desktop PC—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $589 at Amazon (normally $699).
  • Apple Mac Mini (2020) mini desktop PC—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $799.99 at Amazon (discount seen at checkout—normally $860).
  • 27-inch Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q gaming monitor—2560×1440, IPS, 165 Hz, FreeSync for $401.84 at Newegg (use code: GBAPR22—normally $500).
  • Crucial MX500 (2TB) 2.5-inch SATA internal SSD for $184.99 at Amazon (normally $210).
<em>Horizon Zero Dawn</em>.
Enlarge / Horizon Zero Dawn.

Video game deals

  • Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition (PS4, digital) for free at PlayStation Store (normally $17).
  • 20% off various PC games at Green Man Gaming (use code: SPR21—applies to full MSRP only).
  • Various The Jackbox Party Pack games on sale at Steam.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – Cross-Gen Bundle (Xbox, PS4, PS5, digital) for $48.99 at Amazon, Microsoft, and PlayStation Store (normally $70).
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch) for $49.94 at Walmart and Best Buy (normally $60).
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game—Complete Edition (Xbox, digital) for $11.99 at Microsoft (normally $15).
  • Inside (Xbox, digital) for $6.99 at Microsoft (normally $20).
  • Hitman 3 (PS4, PS5, digital) for $44.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $55).
  • Vanquish (PC, digital) for $4.39 at Fanatical (normally $20).
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Xbox) for $19.99 at Amazon (normally $25).
  • Collection of Mana (Switch) for $19.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $25).
<em>Inside </em>is a moody but terrifically atmospheric puzzle-platforming game.
Enlarge / Inside is a moody but terrifically atmospheric puzzle-platforming game.


  • Ring Fit Adventure (Switch) for $69.88 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $80).
  • Xbox Live Gold only: Titanfall 2 (Xbox, digital) for $3.99 at Microsoft (normally $10).
  • Xbox Live Gold only: Alien: Isolation (Xbox, digital) for $11.99 at Microsoft (normally $30).
  • Alien: Isolation – The Collection (PS4, digital) for $7.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $40).
  • LEGO City Undercover (Xbox, PS4, digital) for $5.99 at Microsoft and PlayStation Store (normally $20).
  • Monster Hunter: World (PS4, Xbox, used) for $7.99 at GameStop (normally $15).
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4, digital) for $9.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $15).
  • Hades (Switch, digital) for $19.99 at Nintendo eShop (normally $25).
  • Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition (Switch, digital) for $5.24 at Nintendo eShop (normally $15).
  • Hotline Miami Collection (Switch, digital) for $6.24 at Nintendo eShop (normally $25).
  • Golf Story (Switch, digital) for $7.49 at Nintendo eShop (normally $15).
The DualSense controller for Sony's PlayStation 5.
Enlarge / The DualSense controller for Sony’s PlayStation 5.

Gaming deals

The Razer Viper Ultimate is an excellent wireless gaming mouse.
Enlarge / The Razer Viper Ultimate is an excellent wireless gaming mouse.

Jeff Dunn

TV and home entertainment deals

  • 55-inch LG BX (2020 model) 4K HDR OLED TV + $100 Newegg e-gift card for $1,296.99 at Newegg (normally $1,400).
  • 65-inch LG CX (2020 model) 4K HDR OLED TV + $150 Visa gift card for $1,996.99 at BuyDig (normally $2,250).
  • My Best Buy members only: 65-inch Sony X900H (2020 model) 4K HDR LED TV for $1,169.99 at Best Buy (normally $1,350).
  • 75-inch Sony X900H (2020 model) 4K HDR LED TV for $1,569.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (discount seen at checkout—normally $1,950).
Anker's Soundcore Life Q30 is an impressive wireless noise-canceling headphone that costs less than $100.
Enlarge / Anker’s Soundcore Life Q30 is an impressive wireless noise-canceling headphone that costs less than $100.

Jeff Dunn

Electronics deals

  • Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones for $63.99 at Amazon (clip $4 coupon—normally $80).
  • Fitbit Inspire 2 activity tracker for $68.95 at Amazon and Adorama (normally $87).
  • Logitech C920S HD Pro 1080p webcam for $69.99 at Logitech, eBay, Best Buy, and Office Depot (normally $85).
  • Logitech MX Master 2S wireless office mouse for $49.99 at Lenovo (use code: MXMASTER50—normally $60).
  • Amazon Kindle (8GB, ads, refurb) for $59.99 at Amazon (normally $80).
  • Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB, ads, refurb) 10.1-inch tablet for $79.99 at Amazon (normally $120).
  • Google Pixel Buds (2nd gen) true wireless earphones for $129 at Kohl’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart, and B&H (normally $179).
  • Beats Solo Pro Bluetooth on-ear noise-canceling headphones for $169.99 at Amazon, eBay, and Best Buy (normally $260).
  • Beats Powerbeats Pro true wireless sports earphones for $159.99 at eBay and Best Buy (normally $200).
Logitech's C920S HD Pro webcam comes with a built-in "privacy shutter."
Enlarge / Logitech’s C920S HD Pro webcam comes with a built-in “privacy shutter.”


Smart home device deals

Eufy's Indoor Cam 2K is a great indoor security camera for those on a tight budget.
Enlarge / Eufy’s Indoor Cam 2K is a great indoor security camera for those on a tight budget.

Jeff Dunn

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Aukey CC-Y11 21W USB-C car charger for $7.69 at Amazon (clip 10% coupon and use code: J4JQQR5I—normally $14).
  • Nekteck 5-Port 111W USB-C Wall Charger—111W total, 87W USB-C PD, 4x USB-A for $42.79 at Amazon (clip 5% coupon—normally $50).
  • Aura Mason nine-inch Wi-Fi digital photo frame for $179 at Bloomingdale’s, Kohl’s, and Best Buy (normally $200).
  • SanDisk Ultra (200GB) UHS-I microSDXC card for $22.49 at Amazon (normally $26).
  • New subscribers only: Amazon Music Unlimited three-month membership for free at Amazon (one month free for returning subscribers—normally $20).
  • Apple Leather Case (Red) for iPhone SE for $29.95 at Amazon (normally $40).
  • Apple MagSafe Charger 15W wireless charger for iPhone 12 for $34 at Amazon (normally $39).
  • Apple Smart Folio (White) case for 10.9-inch iPad Air (4th gen) for $39 at Amazon (normally $79).

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